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Week 11 (June 5 – 11): When a Storm Catches You by Surprise!

Updated: June 3, 2020


“Calling Upon Jesus in Our Urgent Need!”
Week 11 - 100 Days of Prayer

June 5 – June 11, 2020

When a Storm Catches You by Surprise!

By Paul Dysinger

I was just putting our baby son Ethan down for a nap. It was a beautiful sunny day. Some
clouds had just rolled over in the cool of the evening.
And then it hit. And it hit fast and hard.
Ethan had just fallen asleep when I heard my wife Natasha calling from the living room. I
came out of the bedroom and looked out the window. And the first thing I noticed was the
wind. It was blowing incredibly hard! And the sky was getting darker and darker.
Then we heard the tree limbs. Crash. Crack. Snap. They were literally breaking off of trees
and slamming into the side of our house from the woods nearby. I looked out the other
side of our cabin to see our greenhouse completely de-skinned. The entire plastic top had
completely torn off. I grabbed my phone to check the weather, but the Internet was out.
"Honey, should we go?" I hear Natasha saying. "Yes - let's go," I responded.
We grabbed sleeping Ethan from off the bed and I threw my laptop into my backpack, then
we darted for the car - spooked that at any moment a flying limb or falling tree could
intercept our flight. We prayed as we flew along the dirt road up to my parent’s house
where the basement would be a much safer place to wait out the storm. Already a tree had
fallen across our driveway that we had to circumvent. Thankfully we could.
By now it was pouring rain. And so, through the blinding rain and raging wind we finally
made it to the basement of my parents - and to safety. And here is the crazy thing. None of
us saw it coming. No one. My uncle had been out on the tractor and had to ditch it and run
inside. He also had a greenhouse that was de-skinned like ours and another one that
faired a lot worse (looked like an elephant stepped on it). The storm hit us unexpectedly
and we weren’t prepared.
Thankfully we are all safe and everyone is ok. But it still hit us unprepared. Kind of like
how this whole COVID-19 pandemic hit our world unprepared. And here's the thing, we
know there are more storms coming according to Bible prophecy. The question is, “How
are we preparing to weather those storms?”
Frankly, as a gardener you realize that you aren't in control of nature. The wind, the rain,
the sun, the snow—you simply can't control it. You can plan ahead and prepare for it if you
have a good weather forecast. But sometimes things happen that we couldn't
foresee. Then what?
I'll tell you what we do. We pray. We recognize that God is in control even when crazy
things happen. And then we get up and keep going. When life comes crashing down
around us, we’ve got to get up and rebuild. The storms of life may knock us down - but

we've got to reach out to the strength of God and move forward.
For us, our greenhouse was a small loss. Sure, it cost us a bit of cash and some time to fix.
But within a few days we had the plastic back on - and this time we hope that we are more
prepared, should such a situation occur again.
But what about the storms of life? What about the physical, emotional, spiritual, and
economic storms created by COVID-19? How are you responding? How will you rebuild?
What lessons are you learning that will prepare you for future storms? When things
happen that are outside of your control, where do you turn for strength and comfort?
Jesus is our anchor and hope. We can turn to Him our Prince of Peace Who can calm
storms with a word from His lips. We can turn to Him to bring us through the storms of life
and even through the end times. Will you trust in Him today?
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.” – Isaiah 26:3-4
Paul Dysinger and his wife Natasha live in Tennessee where they run a business in gardening and teaching
people how to farm. (borntogrow.net)
HEART QUESTIONS: How have you reacted to the worldwide pandemic? How has this
affected or not affected your faith in Jesus? Are you willing to trust in Him for the next
unexpected storm in your life? Do you believe that Jesus can truly be your Everlasting
ACTIVE HEART CHALLENGE: Ask God to show you any areas of your life where you
might have not given Him full access to. Anything you might be unwilling to give up
control over. Ask Him to forgive you and to help you trust in Him. Maybe this pandemic
crisis has revealed to you some things in your life where you have been lacking to exercise
faith. Pray to our loving Jesus to help you to surrender all to Him and to learn to trust in
Him despite the storms of life.
Going Deeper - Additional Reading Suggestions for this week:
• Help in Daily Living by Ellen G. White – Click here to read
• Revive Us Again by Mark Finley

Day 71 – Prayer Focus – Friday, June 5, 2020

• Alex G.: Two great blessings! I had started a Bible study with a physician from my
town. And because of COVID-19 we could study way more often than before. She
accepted to be baptized even before visiting the church! I also was very blessed
personally for, even though I had to cancel all my trips for the year, I could organize
myself much better, so I could pray more, read my Bible more, write more and
work more efficiently. In the midst of many sorrows came great blessings too!
• Rebeca: Two weeks ago, my husband and I were in a very difficult situation. We had
no phone reception and our car got stuck where there had been a mud slide and we

had no way out. We prayed asking God to be our pilot. When I finished my prayer, I
felt the urge to sing a hymn. My husband said that the minute I did that he felt like
someone pushed us out of there. I know that was God answering our prayers. He is
amazing and I love how He is always working in our lives!
• Pray for brothers and sisters struggling with unemployment at this time due to the
• Pray for Magdalena and her husband who live in the countryside of Colombia trying
to reach people for Jesus. They are in need for a chapel in order to have gatherings.
• Pray for congregations around the world that have no space or building to meet due
to various circumstances.
• Pray for the One-Year-In-Mission volunteers who are helping Haitian immigrants in
Chile learn the Spanish language and adjust to Chilean life and culture. Please ask
God to work in and through the volunteers, and to help them build friendships and

Day 72 – Prayer Focus - Sabbath, June 6, 2020

Helper, Advocate, Comforter

“Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go
away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.” – John 16:7
“The Holy Spirit was the highest of all gifts that He could solicit from His Father for the
exaltation of His people. The Spirit was to be given as a regenerating agent, and without this
the sacrifice of Christ would have been of no avail. . . . Sin could be resisted and overcome only
through the mighty agency of the Third Person of the Godhead, . . . It is the Spirit that makes
effectual what has been wrought out by the world’s Redeemer. It is by the Spirit that the
heart is made pure. Through the Spirit the believer becomes a partaker of the divine nature.
Christ has given His Spirit as a divine power to overcome all hereditary and cultivated
tendencies to evil, and to impress His own character upon His church. Of the Spirit Jesus said,

‘He shall glorify Me.’” – The Desire of Ages, p. 671

Have you ever fully appreciated the incredible gift of the Holy Spirit? He is part of the
Heavenly Trio, the Godhead, and He was sent to you as a gift from Jesus. He speaks, leads,
convicts, helps, comforts, transforms and empowers you on your transformational journey
of becoming more like our loving Jesus.
Are you comfortable in inviting the Holy Spirit into your life? Have you experienced Him
“making effectual what has been wrought out by the world’s Redeemer”?
Why not accept the gift of the Holy Spirit from Jesus and invite Him into your heart, giving
Him access to every aspect of your life?


• Nicole P.: I’ve seen my kids grow in their friendships with each other as they have
played and worked together without friends. We’ve had more time for both
morning and evening family worships without anyone missing because of work or
school. We’ve gotten lots of things done in our home, all working together. And
we’ve had lots of great family conversations about end-time events.
• Gabriel A.: I thank God for a special healing during these 100 Days of Prayer. Our
Sabbath School song leader reported a strange illness in his leg. After prayers God
healed him and he ministered the following Sabbath, May 23. Praise God!
• Pray for members in Nigeria who are affected by persecution and harassment from
various bandits and even local officials.
• Pray for plans to build a lifestyle center in Puncak, West Java. A financial miracle is
• Pray for Martina R. who has been fighting an auto-immune disease for two years.
Her sickness has made it impossible for her to be engaged much in God’s work.
• Pray for the ‘Origins’ center in the Galapagos Islands. They are reaching tourists
from cities around the world. Origins is the church’s first high-tech museum. Ask God
to put His hand over it, to bring visitors, and to give staff the words He wants them
to speak to guests.

Day 73 – Prayer Focus - Sunday, June 7, 2020

The Spirit of Truth

“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on
his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things
that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.” –

John 16:13-14

“Through the Scriptures the Holy Spirit speaks to the mind, and impresses truth upon the
heart. Thus He exposes error, and expels it from the soul. It is by the Spirit of truth, working
through the Word of God, that Christ subdues His chosen people to Himself.”

– The Desire of Ages, p. 671

Jesus is the Truth. He is the Personification of Truth. As the Creator He defined and
established all reality in perfect harmony with His character of selfless love. Satan
introduced falsehood and lies into the world, trying to establish a new reality of selfishness,
which is really just a grand illusion leading to death. In order to escape the illusions of Satan
we have been given the Word of God. The Holy Spirit is the One Who can open our eyes to
all truths of the Bible as they are in Jesus. He is the One Who can lead us out of the illusions
and into the light of Christ, Who is the Truth, the Word made flesh.
Will you let the Holy Spirit glorify Jesus in your life by leading you into the truth through His
Word? Will you not only let Him reveal truth to you, but also let Him reform your heart into
harmony with God’s reality of selfless love?

• Vasantha P.: Because of this crisis I got much time for reading the Scriptures and
taking notes, watching sermons, listening to spiritual songs. This has led to the
happiest moments I have ever had!
• Carol D.: I am thanking God for his mercy and goodness. I have been a Seventh-day
Adventist for 33 years, and this pandemic is a blessing for me, because I did not
recognize the importance of health reform. God has been working on my heart. I
have chosen to become a vegetarian. To God be the glory!
• Pray for churches that are struggling to go digital with their services due to a lack of
technological equipment and internet services.
• Pray for Adventist believers in Oman who are trying to obtain a space to gather for
worship after the pandemic.
• Pray for families that are struggling with demonic oppression. Pray for victory over
sins that might be the entrance for Satan to come and destroy.
• Pray for an Adventist house for homeless women in Leipzig, Germany. Over 25 years
this ministry has served and supported around 2,000 women. Please ask God to
continue to provide for this ministry, bringing hope and healing to those who need
it most.

Day 74 – Prayer Focus - Monday, June 8, 2020

A Saving Conviction

“And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and
judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness,
because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the

ruler of this world is judged.” – John 16:8-11

“The promise of the Holy Spirit is not limited to any age or to any race. Christ declared that
the divine influence of His Spirit was to be with His followers unto the end. From the Day of
Pentecost to the present time, the Comforter has been sent to all who have yielded themselves
fully to the Lord and to His service. To all who have accepted Christ as a personal Saviour, the

Holy Spirit has come as a counselor, sanctifier, guide, and witness.”

– Acts of the Apostles, p. 49

Part of the Holy Spirit’s work is to convict of sin, righteousness, and judgment. These three
elements of His work of conviction are represented in the Sanctuary and its services. In the
courtyard is where the sacrifice for sin took place (pointing to Jesus on the Cross); in the
Holy Place the three elements of experiencing the imparted righteousness of Christ were
revealed in the Table of Showbread (Bible study), the Altar of Incense (Prayer), and the
Candlestick (Spirit-filled witnessing). All of which were exemplified in the life of Christ as a
model for us today; and in the Most Holy Place we are reminded of the importance and
reality of the judgment as the High Priest only entered it on the Day of Atonement (Jesus
engaging in the investigative judgment on your behalf).

In other words: The Holy Spirit’s work is to lead you into a salvific experience through faith
in everything that Jesus has done and is doing for you.
Can you see the important and beautiful work of the Holy Spirit? Will you joyfully embrace
His work of conviction and let Him not only lead you to Jesus, but make you like Him in
character in preparation for the Judgment?
• More and more churches have been able to upgrade their digital platforms to reach
out and engage with the community online.
• John K.: It is amazing that during this terrible time, church members in our region
have become more faithful in returning tithe and offerings. We met our tithe goal in
May! We are praying morning and evening during the 100 Days of Prayer. It has
not only planted but deepened the prayer culture in my home. Last night my 2 year
old daughter called me at dawn and said "Daddy, it is time to pray!" I praise God
and realize that He has planted what has been missing in my family – a culture of
• Pray for many, young and old, who are struggling with media addictions.
• Pray for members in Perth, Australia who are evangelizing through letterboxing in
the local community.
• Pray for baby Tyson, in New Zealand who is on life support. The doctors want to
remove the life support, but we believe God is working as he has opened his eyes,
making noises and moving his feet.
• Pray for the Adventist Life Hope Center in downtown Nazareth. It offers English,
computer, and health classes. Ask God to bless and grow this ministry, to protect and
guide workers and reach hearts.

Day 75 – Prayer Focus - Tuesday, June 9, 2020

A Reflection of Jesus’ Character

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22-23
“As you receive the Spirit of Christ—the Spirit of unselfish love and labor for others—you will
grow and bring forth fruit. The graces of the Spirit will ripen in your character. Your faith
will increase, your convictions deepen, your love be made perfect. More and more you will
reflect the likeness of Christ in all that is pure, noble, and lovely. . . . This fruit can never

perish, but will produce after its kind a harvest unto eternal life.”

– Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 67-68

The Spirit leads us to Jesus. And as we abide in Jesus through a daily connection with the
Holy Spirit, He will develop in us a character that reflects each day a little more the selfless,
self-sacrificial, loving character of Christ. It is a transformational process of a lifetime. Just
like a mango does not appear an hour after the seed has been planted but takes its time to

grow into a tree that eventually bears fruit, so also the work of sanctification is a process
that takes time. But rest assured that through surrender and faithfulness every aspect of the
fruit of the Spirit will become evident in your life!
Have you let the Holy Spirit develop in you His fruit? Are there some aspects of the fruit of
the Spirit which you have been resisting Him to work on? Is it your desire to reflect Jesus
more and more until all that people see is Jesus’ character of love in you?
• Jones S.: I thank God for the 100 Days of Prayer. It has brought light into my life. I
have started an Adventist bakery during this period and I'm spreading the Word of
God through the bakery. Through the work of the Holy Spirit one of the people
getting the messages has decided to become a Seventh-day Adventist. I thank God
for showing me the many ways we can spread His word and hasten His coming!
• Brother P.: During the lockdown, I went through phases of questioning and each
week, God allowed me to receive the answer to my questions through the different
messages and experiences shared by the authors of the 100 Days of Prayer. Thank
you, Lord, for your great love and for the moments of sharing that you allow us to
have with the whole world.
• Pray for pastors, elders and lay preachers around the world who are engaging in
various online evangelistic efforts.
• Pray for the Adventist church in Iceland. There are very few members and Iceland is
a very secular country. Pray for a breakthrough, revival, and a mighty harvest for
• Pray for an Adventist drug and alcohol rehab center in Guatemala’s capital city. In
addition to finding freedom from addiction, more than 1,500 people have been
baptized in nine years of ministry. Please ask God to continue to bless, provide, and
change lives for eternity.
• Pray for an Adventist vegan restaurant in Byron Bay, Australia. It has been ranked
number 1 in a popular Australian tourist spot. Please pray that God will bless this
ministry and that He will work through it to reach hearts.

Day 76 – Prayer Focus - Wednesday, June 10, 2020

The Best Gift!

“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will
the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” – Luke 11:13
“The Lord is more willing to give the Holy Spirit to those who serve Him than parents are to
give good gifts to their children. For the daily baptism of the Spirit every worker should offer

his petition to God.” – Acts of the Apostles, p. 50

The Father is very much willing to give you the Holy Spirit if you ask Him. God never forces
Himself upon you; that is why you need to ask. The original Greek in Luke 11 indicates, that

this asking is an ongoing, lifelong activity of seeking more of Him, of opening up your heart
to God like a flower opens to the sun. Daily and continually we need to be immersed and
filled with the Presence of God through His Spirit. God’s work of sanctification and
character-preparation for eternity is a process. Every day He gives us new convictions,
challenges and directions through His Word, and we need to daily invite His Spirit into our
hearts for grace and ability to obey and to do His good will, loving others as He loves us.
You might have asked for the Holy Spirit before, but understanding that you need His
baptism on a daily basis, will you ask for more of His presence in your life? Will you invite
the Holy Spirit into every compartment of your heart without holding anything back?
• Luis U.: Me and my wife have been using Skype to study the Bible with six people
during this quarantine. I invited many people to watch the special programs
broadcasted by our Adventist channel in Brazil and many people who are not even

Christians are now very open to the message of Our Lord! Some of my non-
Christian friends have started to believe in the Second Coming of Christ!

• Winfrida M.: I want to share with you a word of encouragement that prayers are
working! Last Sabbath five people were baptized in Kinshasa following the 100
Days of Prayer program which was shared through Radio, WhatsApp and other
social media!
• Pray for members who are backsliding during this pandemic. Pray for the Holy Spirit
to speak clearly into their hearts. Pray for those who can reach out to them to have
courage, wisdom and love as they seek to help them come back to a faithful walk with
• Pray for members in the West Zimbabwe Conference who are rallying to support the
needy, vulnerable, elderly, and disabled in their communities.
• Pray for members and/or former members and youth who are trapped in false
teachings and heresy. Pray for God to open their eyes and for the church to help them
find the truth as it is in Jesus.
• Pray for God’s protection over medical professionals at CHI Memorial Hospital
Chattanooga, and other hospitals worldwide.

Day 77 – Prayer Focus - Thursday, June 11, 2020

Empowered to Serve

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my
witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” – Acts 1:8
“God’s servants do not all possess the same gifts, but they are all His workmen. Each is to
learn of the Great Teacher, and then to communicate what he has learned. All do not do the
same work, but under the sanctifying influence of the Holy Spirit they are all God’s
instrumentalities. God employs a diversity of gifts in His work of winning souls from Satan’s

army.” – Ye Shall Receive Power, p. 192

It is an exciting thing to participate in God’s work of drawing people to Jesus. You, with your
talents, abilities and influence can be an agent of grace in this world! That’s fantastic! When
your life is surrendered to God, and you are filled with the Spirit, He will empower you to
do your part in the wonderful privilege of soul-winning! He will sanctify your skills and give
you His spiritual gifts to accomplish whatever task He sets before you.
Will you today devote your life to the work of winning souls with Jesus? Will you trust that
the Holy Spirit will empower you to do even seemingly impossible tasks? Will you ask Jesus
to baptize you with the Spirit as you engage in reaching out to the world around you?
• Mary F.: Our Church has been blessed in being united in prayer during 100 Days of
Prayer. The Church feels the peace of God, and the church sees the mighty hands of
• Ronald L.: During lockdown a small group consisting mostly of former Adventists
and newly interested individuals were actively engaged in Bible study. As their
district pastor, I met with that small group, leading in a revival worship service. At
the end of the meeting we arranged for a foot washing and communion service and
to our amazement a total of 52 members participated in the service of which, 60%
of the participants were former and new members who accepted Jesus and made
their bold covenant through communion service. I would like to Praise God for
including Papua New Guinea in the 100 Days of Prayer on Day 57. God answered
your prayers the next day May 23 by leading His lost sheep back to His fold. Praise
• Pray for churches in the Caribbean islands who on top of dealing with the pandemic
now have to prepare for the 2020 hurricane season.
• Pray for the ministry of the Ellicott City Adventist Church, MD, USA, as they collect
masks, gloves and goggles for medical personnel.
• Pray for the Setagaya Youth Church which is working to build relationships with the
community around it. Please pray as youth and their leaders look for creative ways
to serve their city.
• Pray for an Urban Center of Influence in San Jose, Costa Rica, which offers music and
exercise classes, family counseling, Bible studies and more. Please ask God to bless
this outreach and send the people who most need to know Him.